House of Refuge for Women
House of Refuge for Women, 1887 – 1904

House of Refuge for Women, 1887 – 1904

In the midst of the nation’s first great depression that began in 1873 with the collapse of the New York City financial markets, the House of Refuge for Women was built...

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House of Refuge for Women Founder Inspires New York City’s First Monument Dedicated to a Woman

House of Refuge for Women Founder Inspires New York City’s First Monument Dedicated to a Woman

As told by Joan Waugh in her book on the life of Josephine Shaw Lowell (Unsentimental Reformer,Harvard University Press, 1997): At noon on May 22, 1912, a granite fountain designed...

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“The Dungeons Are Damp and Cold…”

“The Dungeons Are Damp and Cold…”

A Board of Managers comprised of prominent citizens from throughout the State appointed by the Governor controlled the New York State House of Refuge for Women. Every year, the Board...

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